Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

$95

My favorite of the latest release Chardonnays, the 2013 Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard is a screaming effort that got a few wows in the notes...its light/medium gold color is followed by tons of ripe white peach and orchard fruits, toasted nuts, crushed rock and white flowers. Rounded, concentrated and rich on the palate, yet with vibrant underlying acidity that cuts through the finish...enjoy bottles through 2025+. eRobertParker.com

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Ratings on Delectable

Chris MacLean Delectable Pro

Still hanging on to a bit too much oak, but rich and bright at the same time.

Still hanging on to a bit too much oak, but rich and bright at the same time.

9.1

Eric Urbani Delectable Pro

Amazing, yes

Amazing, yes

9.6

Shay A Delectable Pro

Monthly 4th Friday is post Thanksgiving this year, so lots of Thanksgiving style wines! Nose of cotton candy, butterscotch, toasted honeycomb and grilled pear. More rich and reductive than the same bottle I had a few months back. Tart, pear juice, grilled lemon and a fairly big size on the palate. Lengthy finish. Don’t think this was flawed, just different in terms of how it’s evolved vs the prior bottle.

Monthly 4th Friday is post Thanksgiving this year, so lots of Thanksgiving style wines! Nose of cotton candy, butterscotch, toasted honeycomb and grilled pear. More rich and reductive than the same bottle I had a few months back. Tart, pear juice, grilled lemon and a fairly big size on the palate. Lengthy finish. Don’t think this was flawed, just different in terms of how it’s evolved vs the prior bottle.

9.3

Chris MacLean Delectable Pro

Good energy but still shows too much unnecessary lipstick

Good energy but still shows too much unnecessary lipstick

9.0

Shay A Delectable Pro

Surprise of the day. Never had a wine from Rhys but this wine alone made me sign up on the list. Best way to describe this is as a happy marriage between Ceritas chards (steely, lean) and Aubert (powerful, full). The acidity here was a refreshing break from the big, oaked Cali chards but it still retained flavor that balanced tropical note with the oak in check. Supremely balanced.

Surprise of the day. Never had a wine from Rhys but this wine alone made me sign up on the list. Best way to describe this is as a happy marriage between Ceritas chards (steely, lean) and Aubert (powerful, full). The acidity here was a refreshing break from the big, oaked Cali chards but it still retained flavor that balanced tropical note with the oak in check. Supremely balanced.

9.4

Brian Szluk Delectable Pro

Just an amazing bottle. If blind tasted I would have immediately thought this was a Burgundy. Best American Chardonnay I have ever tasted. Keep up the good work Rhys!

Just an amazing bottle. If blind tasted I would have immediately thought this was a Burgundy. Best American Chardonnay I have ever tasted. Keep up the good work Rhys!

9.5

Jörgen Lindström Carlvik Delectable Pro

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

Toasty oak frame generous amounts of candied citrus fruits, pear and bright apple flavours. Nice acidity on the juicy finish.

Toasty oak frame generous amounts of candied citrus fruits, pear and bright apple flavours. Nice acidity on the juicy finish.

9.3

Lee Pitofsky Delectable Pro

Rich and buttery with notes of lemon curd, vanilla custard and touch of butterscotch

Rich and buttery with notes of lemon curd, vanilla custard and touch of butterscotch

9.5

Helen M Gaydos Delectable Pro

Stunning Chardonnay, as pretty as can be. A taste you want to keep tasting.

Stunning Chardonnay, as pretty as can be. A taste you want to keep tasting.

9.3

Joshua Blissett Delectable Pro

Slate and flint, white truffle, white spice, really rich creaminess. Built to age!!

Slate and flint, white truffle, white spice, really rich creaminess. Built to age!!

9.3

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